12 Sweet Midwest Bakeries
Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan: Josef's European Pastry Shop
For more than 40 years, Josef's has created wedding cakes, buttery baked goods and bonhomie in a warm European setting.
Located in a Detroit suburb several blocks off Lake St. Clair, Josef's offers both a patio with cafe tables and cozy interior. Baked goods include tortes, flan, crème brûlée, Michigan berry pies, crusty rolls, croissants, chocolate-covered pretzels and tea cookies. Sandwiches, salads, quiches and potpies are among the lunch specialties.
We sampled a focaccia pizza topped with a puree of tomatoes, fresh oregano and rosemary; a Greek feta salad with plump olives, fresh basil, celery and bowtie pasta; and raspberry coffeecake, with plump berries dotting a flaky, buttery pastry.
Brothers Jimmy and Anthony Cavallo bought the cafe from its original owner in 2006. They've expanded the menu, added Wi-Fi and put in more seating -- but kept the specialties that have made Josef's a longtime Detroit bakery destination, including its sublime, one-of-a-kind wedding cakes (josefspastryshop.com; 313/881-5710). - Emily Tennyson